Polish parliament votes overwhelmingly to reject total ban on abortion
Published 06/10/2016 | 11:01
The Polish parliament has voted overwhelmingly to reject proposals for a total ban on abortion.
The proposal had come from a citizens' initiative that gathered some 450,000 signatures, and it set out plans for abortion to be outlawed even in cases of rape, with prison terms for women who ended a pregnancy.
But it was highly unpopular with most Poles, sparking massive street protests by women dressed in black across the nation on Monday.
Many members of the conservative ruling party Law and Justice had initially supported the proposal, and two weeks ago a majority of parliamentarians voted to consider it, sending it to a commission for further study.
But the party backed away from it under massive social pressure, and MPs voted against it 352-58 on Thursday.